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Sensemakers Monthly newsletter

From: Manon
Sent on: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:21 PM

Hi all,

A bit later than usual, but we’ve been up to a lot lately! We inaugurated the beautiful auditorium at, our new host for the lectures & networking evenings. We had Speak-See sharing their experience on how they got from an idea to prototype, crowdfunding and now scaling up (in China) their assistive technology device that transcribes speech to text in realtime for people that are deaf or hard of hearing!
They are currently looking for a full stack developer and an embedded software developer, so if you want to make a difference, mail them at [address removed], or check here for more jobs. They also donated 5 Raspberry Pi’s with screens to our community, thanks guys! Three are available to prototype your own solutions during our DIY-Lab evenings.

The other 2 Pi’s were raffled off during the event, as was a ticket to The Things Conference. Our members from The Things Network also helped organizing a handson TTN/LoRaWan-workshops earlier this month. A great success, offering new insights and skills to both beginners and experts.

New: Sensemakers Specials
The workshop was a follow up on the many requests to also have hands-on workshops in addition to our DIY evenings. The OBA (public library), in line with their mission to empower people with 21th century skills, offered to host us, so we added the “Sensemakers Specials” to our agenda!
The first is on February 13th! We’re very proud that will come over to Amsterdam to teach us how to build a voice assistant for your device using their platform. What makes Snips so special is that their voice assistant solution is Private-by-Design and has the ability to run on a device and off-line, making it an important and worthy alternative to Alexa, Google Home and the likes! RSVP here.

Kick off DIY Sensing sounds for a more livable city
In November our meetup focused on the possibility to use sound sensors & artificial intelligence to help create a more livable city. Amsterdam Centrum is notorious for it’s noise pollution. Together with, the city, Sensing Clues and the Marineterrein we will collaborate on creating a network of sound sensors that classify the noise as to provide relevant data for measures and policymaking. The idea is a team with Sensemakers from different backgrounds, thus learning by doing to get from a sensor to relevant data in a dashboard. Join here.



  • If you (plan to) have a smart home assistant, check project Alias to turn of the Always listening mode. On instructables you find the DIY guide. Also a nice project to do at our Lab-evenings where you can use the 3Dprinter😉
  • Nice short blog on GDPR & IoT
  • Very inspirational story and use of The Things Network! Wicher Visser shared some insightful steps on how to make a successful LoRaWAN IoT case:
  • Good news, “Right to repair movement gains force"

From the IoT-London newsletter (via @iotwatch)

  • The GSMA have published some lovely guides to help you develop for NB-IoT and LTE-M networks.
  • Better IoT (formerly known as The Open Internet of Things Certification Mark) is a community-led effort to make a free, accessible, open assessment tool aimed at startups and SMEs to help them design better connected products (internet of things).

Warm regards to all our (now over 6000!) members from,
Gijs, Paola, Ted, Manon

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